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Parents of Megan face anxious wait; Happy Christmas rests on the results of latest scan.

Byline: By Hayley Beattie

THE parents of Megan Armstrong were anxiously waiting for news last night after she had her latest scan on her brain tumour.

Megan, of Castlefields, Prudhoe, Northumberland, has been battling the tumour since she was 14 months old and has a scan every three months to monitor any changes in size.

The six-year-old came to the end of a 52-week course of chemotherapy in June.

Doctors at Newcastle General Hospital were so pleased with her progress they decided to continue the treatment.

A scan in September showed there had been no change in the size of the tumour, proving the chemotherapy was continuing to hold it at bay.

But her parents Philip and Sandra told The Journal the family were not as hopeful this time, as Megan had been suffering from severe headaches since the last scan.

Philip said: "There have been times over the last few months when Megan has been very unwell and has been suffering from severe headaches, so we are going to this scan a bit more apprehensively than normal.

"If there was a growth in the tumour, it wouldn't be a total shock to us, but we don't want the scan just before Christmas to be the one which brings bad news."

He added: "It depends on the size of the growth, if there has been any, as to what we do next."If it is a small growth, then we have to start looking at other chemotherapy treatments. But if it is a significant growth, then the doctors may say there is no point in continuing to put her through treatment and they may want us to consider more surgery."

The family, including Megan's two-year-old sister Kyra, are due to fly to Lapland next week to visit Santa.

Philip added: "We went to Lapland last year and we have decided to go back again and take Kyra this time. But we are quite aware that this trip may be put in jeopardy if the news is really bad.

"We just want good news so we enjoy Christmas and have a good three months before the next scan."

An appeal has been set up in Megan's name and anyone who wants to find out more should call Philip on (07748) 911908 or go to www.meganappeal.com

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HOPING FOR GOOD NEWS: Megan Armstrong with her parents Philip and Sandra, of Prudhoe, Northumberland.
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